African workers in Lebanon are stuck and unpaid by an exploitative labor system worsened by Covid

Dario Sabaghi
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African workers in Lebanon are stuck and unpaid by an exploitative labor system worsened by Covid
African workers in Lebanon are stuck and unpaid by an exploitative labor system worsened by Covid

The future for Yemi, a Nigerian former student, was laid out in a contract written in Arabic which she signed in an office in Lagos in June 2019 to enable a recruitment agency bring her to work in Lebanon. Instead of protecting her, the recruitment agency reassigned her to a third family. An African migrant domestic worker pushes her luggage at a Beirut hotel as she prepares to travel back to her country.